A's lineup: Weeks dropped to nine-hole


A's lineup: Weeks dropped to nine-hole

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The Oakland A's are a season-high seven games over .500 and are riding a five-game winning streak. Fresh off a home stand in which they went 5-1 against the top two teams in all of baseball, it is safe to say the A's are on a roll.

Oakland A's (51-44)

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Jonny Gomes (R) DH
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B
6. Brandon Inge (R) 3B
7. Derek Norris (R) C
8. Brandon Hicks (R) SS
9. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B

Instant AnalysisJemile Weeks batting ninth is an interesting development. On this lineup analysis page I've often mentioned that Seth Smith or Jonny Gomes might be better suited batting second, it has yet to happen with Coco Crisp and Jemile Weeks both in the lineup. The rest of the lineup is pretty standard considering the Blue Jays have a left-handed starting pitcher on the mound. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp stole his 100th base with the A's on Sunday. He has really taken to the leadoff role since reclaiming that spot. Jonny Gomes isn't getting much playing time, but when he does, he performs. He is 7-for-13 since the All-Star break and has five homers and 13 RBI in his last 21 games. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes is really emerging as a star in Major League Baseball. Many thought his learning curve would be much steeper than it has been. The Cuban cannon is hitting .299 this season and he is only going to get better as he continues to learn and adjust to the league. He is also batting .333 (23-for-69) with runners in scoring position, and eight of his 13 homers have come with runners on base. He is hitting .500 since the All-Star break.Bottom of the OrderWeeks has not started a game batting ninth this season. He batted there in 10 games in 2011 -- hitting .394. Weeks is batting .183 over his last 20 games. The sophomore slump has caught up to the speedy second baseman who was electric in his rookie year. As the ninth-place hitter, he can serve as a pseudo-leadoff. It is actually not a bad place for him to be batting in the lineup. It might work out well. Starting PitchersTravis Blackley (2-2, 2.86 ERA) will get the start for Oakland. Blackley has not allowed a home run in his last eight games (45.2 innings and 179 batters faced).Brett Cecil (2-2, 6.34 ERA) will be on the mound for the Jays. Cecil is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in his career vs. Oakland.

Toronto Blue Jays (48-47)

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Adam Lind (L) DH
5. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Travis Snider (L) LF
9. Rajai Davis (R) RF

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak

Mariners club four home runs, end A's seven-game winning streak


OAKLAND -- Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night.

A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland's season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home - the team's second-longest in 11 years.

The Mariners had lost eight of nine.

Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. King Felix hadn't won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 with right shoulder bursitis. He was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous five starts.

Haniger hit his 15th and 16th home runs off starter Daniel Gossett (4-10). The 24-year-old Oakland rookie gave up seven runs on a career-high four homers allowed.

Mike Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 24th, that broke a scoreless tie in the second. Yonder Alonso added his 26th homer, connecting against his former team.

Marcus Semien hit a solo homer off Hernandez in the sixth.

Andrew Albers pitched three shutout innings for his first save.

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell played his first game since becoming the first player in the majors to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, part of a national protest movement against discrimination and harsh treatment of blacks by police. He was greeted with a loud ovation along with some boos sprinkled in from the Oakland crowd of 9,329. Maxwell cleared the concussion protocol on Monday. He hadn't played since Sept. 20.

In an apparent show of support for Maxwell, most of the Oakland Unified School District band members took a knee as they performed the national anthem before the game.

2,500 CLUB:
The 31-year-old Hernandez became the fifth active pitcher to log more than 2,500 career innings.

Mariners: INF Jean Segura (sprained right middle finger) will likely miss the remainder of the series, manager Scott Servais said. "He wants to get in there before the season's over. It's important to him, but he's not going to be available for a couple of days," Servais said.

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the severity of a hamstring injury he sustained Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie will miss the rest of the series, manager Bob Melvin said. Olson has 25 home runs in 189 at-bats. "We're hoping we can get him back in Texas, but I'm not so sure about that," Melvin said. ... LHP Sean Manaea, who missed his last scheduled start on Saturday with upper back tightness, threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next start Thursday, Melvin said.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-5, 3.03 ERA) is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL on Sept. 14. He had been sidelined with a strained left pectoral muscle. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-1, 3.30) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last three starts. Mengden took the loss in his only career start against Seattle last season. He struck out six and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.

Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie record


Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie record

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge has broken Mark McGwire’s major league record for home runs by a rookie, going deep twice on Monday to raise his total to 50.

The Yankees slugger hit a two-run drive to right-center off Kansas City’s Jakob Junis in the third inning to tie the mark. He added a solo shot over the visitors’ bullpen in left in the seventh inning against Trevor Cahill.

Judge has 13 home runs in September and six in five games. He hit two home runs for the second straight day and has four multihomer games this month.

McGwire hit 49 homers for Oakland in 1987, breaking the previous mark of 38 set by the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson in 1956.

Judge is second in the major leagues behind Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who has hit 57.